Howdy CrackBerry nation! The summer is beginning to wind down here but that still doesn't mean the action has slowed down on the blogs. This week not only saw QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control win the Silver Stevie Award but also an update to the CB10 app.
Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
Remote Shutter by K Software
First up this week is an application for Sony cameras that utilize WiFi to take pictures from any smartphone. While this was limited to iOS and Android, one BlackBerry developer, and photography aficionado, took it upon himself to create a native application to perform this function. Remote Shutter is free to download and the full list of supported Sony cameras is shown in the BlackBerry World description. In addition, this week it just received an update to include a W/T switch in the main screen to allow for zoom in/out and a top menu with help and settings button. To be fair, as the only Sony camera I own is a camcorder without Wi-Fi I have not been able to test this application. Please note it does require users to install the Remote Control application from the PlayMemories app site on the camera in order to function properly. It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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7 Little Words by Blue Ox Technologies
This game isn't exactly new to the other platforms, but it is technically new to those who frequent the Amazon Appstore on their BlackBerry. As a fan of crosswords and word puzzles in general, this is a great way to exercise your brain each and every day. Each puzzle contains 7 clues, 7 mystery words, and 20 letter groups (consisting of more than one letter). It is your mission to decipher the clues and find the mystery words. In order to do so you will have to combine the letter groups, which may or may not be broken up by syllables, at the bottom in the correct order. For instance, one free puzzle shows "comic actor Fred." The answer in this case is Armisen but you would have to select the letter groups "ARM," "IS," and "EN." It's not always as easy as it looks and the clues are quite challenging at times. It is free to download and you get a free daily puzzle to download as well as 50 free puzzles. Additional puzzle packs are obtainable through an in-app purchase and vary in price. Please note that I have tested this on my Z30 and on my Q10 and found that it functions best on all-touch devices.
MyProfilesPro by Fonware
For anyone who remembers ShortcutMe on legacy devices it was an application that provided quick access to various applications on your device with over 150 fully customizable shortcuts. The team behind that useful application created MyProfilesPro, a native and NFC-enabled app that allows you to automate several tasks on your device thereby making life easier. Recommended in one of my BBM Groups, I jumped on the task to try it. There are pre-configured profiles once you launch the application. Using these icons you can quickly change each of the profiles including bedside mode, do not disturb, work, or theater, or launch it automatically by tapping an NFC tag. Not only is this convenient but you can modify existing profiles and create your own custom ones as well. By editing these profiles you are presented with an array of functions to add or remove and each are triggered when activated. Certainly, this is a tool that will help us on a daily basis. The Pro version is $2.99, though there is a light version available.
PRISM Break Secure Email by Pronic
If you wish to add an extra layer of security to your email messages then is an option for you. Unlike other application, it enables free reading and sending of secure messages of up to fifty characters without having to purchase the full premium version. The application uses asymmetric cryptography (RSA 1024-bit) which means it encrypts your messages using a public and private key. In order to function properly you will have to share the public key with your recipients, while the private key is stored on your device inaccessible by other applications. However, it will switch to AES 256-bit encryption if a public key is not provided. Additional features include being able to launch directly from the hub, attach one external file, and backup/restore your keys. Prism is available for free but to unlock the full license there is an in-app purchase of $9.99 which is a little steep. Though it is up to you what you wish to pay for security.
What You Might Have Missed
BlackBullet by QtHelex
This week the developer behind ClipMan Clipboard Manager released a beta version of their pushbullet.com native client called BlackBullet. As we have already mentioned, this application offers the ability to send texts and website links from your desktop to your BlackBerry as well as from the IFTTT service. It is also integrated with Talk2Watch which means you can send these notifications to your Pebble. The free version offers basic functionality but you can grab the full featured version for $.99 through an in-app purchase. As this is a pre-release beta, more information about the application, including the ability to leave feedback, can be found in the forums.
Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.
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